Top Stories

Report: USMNT to play September friendly vs. Peru


MichaelBradleyUSMNT3-Mexico2015 (USATodaySports)


The U.S. Men’s National Team have apparently lined up their first opponent for after the Gold Cup, and it’s a team that’s looking like a much tougher challenge than when it was first rumored to be playing the Americans.

According to a Washington Post report, the USMNT will host Peru at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on Sept. 4. The report comes a month after Sports Illustrated first identified Peru as the frontrunner to play the U.S. in September.

If true, it would only be the sixth time that the USMNT and Peru have faced each other, and first time in 15 years. A formal announcement is expected this week.

U.S. Soccer has not commented yet on the report.

The match date falls within FIFA’s official international window from Aug. 31-Sept. 8 for national teams to hold official or friendly matches. According to the Washington Post report, U.S. Soccer also spoke with Uruguay and Ghana to host a friendly in the USA.

While another friendly for the FIFA dates has yet to be confirmed, in Dec. 2014, reported that the USMNT would host another South American opponent, Brazil, in the second FIFA date of the window.

Peru are currently ranked 61st overall and seventh in CONMEBOL in FIFA’s latest World Rankings. Peru’s lineup features veteran forwards Claudio Pizarro, Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero, and defender Carlos Zambrano. Former FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez is a regular call-up to the Peruvian National Team as well.


What do you think of this report? Do you like this match-up for the USMNT? Think they can defeat Peru?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. More great scheduling. After the Gold Cup, the next objective for the senior guys is obviously Copa America 2016. Like Gary Page above, I don’t suspect we will bring a full A-team, but this should nonetheless give us a decent benchmark of where our “up and coming” guys stand against emerging S. American opposition.

  2. sorry Ives, Peru is losing…. :)))

    but Vidal shouldve been ejected for the slap in face to the defender… that red card was BS though…. more chilean antics… I now dislike this country.

  3. I’m guessing it will be back to playing youth since it is after the GC. Peru will be about the right level. I suspect it will be two B teams playing.

    • AGAIN we hear this B-Team stuff. The way some people would have it, unless you have all 11 first choice players starting and healthy, you’re a B-team (as if “first choice” really means anything in the national team context).

      This friendly is during a lengthy FIFA international window. It is one of only two more international windows before the US begins its qualifying campaign in November. It is the LAST international match window before Peru begins it’s CONMEBOL WC qualifying campaign. If you don’t think all players are going to be made available for this fixture, you’re nuts. Now, will everyone be healthy? Who knows. But this isn’t going to be some camp cupcake Sweden friendly.

      Not directed at you, but I really think the use of the terms “B” and “C” team have gone way overboard. That Germany team we beat at Ozil, Podolski, Boateng, Hummels, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Schurrle, Gotze, etc and people called it a “B” Team. Ridiculous. Sure, they didn’t have Neuer, Reus, Kroos, or Gomez available, but you never have everybody you’d like, not even in world cups.

  4. good test! they have been pretty impressive in the Copa America.

    a game vs. Ghana would be amazing tho.. so few dates that it would actually work.


Leave a Comment